GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers were dispatched to Corn Lake on September 10th at around 8:00 p.m. to find the body of a person who may have drowned.
At the Corn Lake portion of James M. Robb – Colorado River State Park in Clifton, Colorado Parks, and Wildlife Officers were called to the scene because someone had fallen off their paddle board into the lake and had not surfaced. According to reports, the victim was not wearing a life jacket.
CPW rangers and officers from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the response to the incident. The paddle board was discovered floating in the lake when rescuers arrived, but the missing person did not appear to be there. CPW and MCSO started their search for the missing victim. Park rangers and MCSP deputies changed their focus from a search-and-rescue operation to a recovery operation based on the details supplied by witnesses and the amount of time the victim had been missing in the water.
Around 10 p.m., members of the CPW Marine Evidence Recovery Team arrived on the scene. and started utilizing side imaging sonar on its boat to search. 2 a.m. On September 11, the body was discovered by MERT and Mesa County Search and Rescue personnel near the lake, at a depth of around 7.5 feet. The victim’s body was found and transported back to the surface using a remotely controlled vehicle outfitted with sonar, lights, and a camera.
The Mesa County Coroner has received the corpse in order to identify the deceased and determine the cause of death.
Life jackets are required for use on all watercraft in Colorado, including paddleboards and other hand-powered watercraft, as Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds everyone. This tragedy serves as a reminder of how crucial it is to have and wear a life jacket when enjoying water activities in any body of water.